How Many People in Oswego Have Been Caught Talking and Driving?

The cell phone ban while driving went into effect on Jan. 1.

Patch file photo. Photo credit: Joel Sartore/Getty.
Patch file photo. Photo credit: Joel Sartore/Getty.

“On the road, off the phone.”

That’s what signage is flashing on expressways all across Illinois to remind drivers to get off their cell phone (unless they're using a hands-free device).

The cell phone ban law went into effect on Jan. 1 and prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while driving. Previously, drivers were only not able to talk on their phones while in school or construction zones.

Fines start at $75 for the first offense and increase up to $150 for repeat offenders.

In Oswego, Captain Jeff Burgner said Police have thus far found six people violating the law.

"We generally issue warnings for the first month when a new law passes on minor traffic offenses unless there are extenuating circumstances that would have a need for a ticket to be issued," said Burgner.

In all six cases, the drivers received warnings from the Oswego Police Department.

How has the cell phone ban affected you? Have you invested in a hands-free device?

mom of teens January 19, 2014 at 03:25 PM
While driving home from the mall a few weeks ago...in the middle of the big snow storm, my daughter saw a MOM in a minivan holding her phone on the steering wheel playing solitaire!! I seriously think adults are worse about texting & playing games on their phones while driving than teenagers!! I have a few good friends who think they can text while driving because they are good drivers...smh!! And I agree about the make up & pets on laps.
HeatherM January 19, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Only six? How only six? I have witnessed more than that myself, and I am not even trying to spot offenders.
JPits January 19, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Bad law... Cannot legislate common sense.
Roy Rumaner January 19, 2014 at 03:50 PM
I am a good driver, been driving since 1976 and have never been in an accident other than being hit by others and I know I cannot text and drive. I find it hard to talk on a hands free device and drive too. Too bad others just don't realize the same thing.
Brian Wester January 19, 2014 at 04:02 PM
It makes sense they've only "caught" six people. Police have far more dangerous and urgent matters to pay attention to than people using their phone. I would guess most officers see dozens of phones every shift, but they have their priorities straight and are doing more important things to keep us safe. Our police officers have way too much training to be wasted on cell phone patrol. I don't want all the cops tied up writing these tickets when something serious goes down.


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